Friday, 22 May 2009

Photography talent uncovered by DLR competition

Patrick Bonsu receiving his prize, a £250 digital camera courtesy of DLR

The Image that won the prize

At the start of this year teenagers in Woolwich were invited by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to take part in a photography competition to celebrate the opening of the station at Woolwich Arsenal.

The winner has been chosen as Patrick Bonsu, 17, from Gildermore Street, Woolwich, who will receive a state-of-the-art digital camera worth over £250. His photo depicting the O2 arena showed real flair for creative photography, as well as depicting some key landmarks on the DLR network.

The standard of the photos submitted for the competition was outstanding and John Zammit, a professional photographer who judged the competition, was very excited to see what Woolwich youngsters had achieved.

“It was very exciting and encouraging seeing all this new local photographic talent. The standard of each entries image showed individualism and so much artistic skill that it made judging an eventual winner particularly difficult. However with his particular articulation of subject matter I felt that Patrick showed a real flare and mature approach to his photography, I hope that he continues to pursue his photography talents.”

Under the title ‘What’s Your Journey?’ the photographs had to represent a physical, inspirational or emotional journey the person taking it had been on.

Simon Dobson, DLR, comments: “This competition was one of many community initiatives the DLR implemented to engage with a wide range of residents in Woolwich. The station means a lot to teenagers who can now access other areas of London easily and we were very pleased with the high quality entries we received for the competition."

Patrick said of his entry: “I thought of the idea for this picture while passing through the DLR station. I thought the best image would be to include locations that the DLR railway passes through. Of all the locations, the Millennium Dome and the surrounding areas are places I think stand out the most in making London and Woolwich a notable landmark.”

The £180 million extension to the DLR network links with North Woolwich providing easy access to the City and Central London. The new high-spec station is an architectural first for the DLR.

Further information about the new DLR link from Woolwich is available by visiting

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